Routine Tests for Men
A schedule for checkups and tests that will keep a man's body in good running order.
At 10 Years
At the age of 50 years, another option for routine colon cancer screening is
a colonoscopy. This test may also be ordered if either the sigmoidoscopy is
abnormal or there is blood found in stool tests. It is similar to a
sigmoidoscopy except that it travels farther inside so that the doctor can
visualize the entire colon. A colonoscopy is an examination with a camera
threaded through your, ahem, tailpipe. If normal, then it can be repeated in 10
years. Otherwise it may be necessary to repeat the procedure earlier. Biopsies
can be taken and polyps can be removed during the procedure.
People with increased risk for colon cancer may begin having colonoscopy
screening much earlier -- even in childhood.